Easy Ways to Prepare For House Guests

Easy Ways to Prepare For House Guests


Hosting overnight guests for the holidays? Don’t stress! Follow these quick and easy tips to create a welcoming space your friends and family will adore.


Welcome Kit

Andrea Bai

Fill a basket with functional necessities—charging cable, WiFi password, bottle of water, and light snack—and display it on the bedside table. If you’re going for that bed & breakfast feel, you can also add a handwritten note and fresh flowers. Whatever your approach, this small gesture will make guests feel pampered from the moment they walk in.


Comfy Sleeping Nook

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Set up their bed with freshly washed linens, pillows, and a comforter. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget, especially when you’re rushing to get ready. Add a throw blanket to provide extra layers for cold nights, and accent pillows to make the space feel more cozy.


Luggage Station

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Designate an area where your guests can stash their suitcases. If you don’t have a luggage rack, you can use a kitchen chair, bench, or even a kids’ craft table. This will help keep your space tidy, especially if your visitors are staying in a common area, like the living room.


Room to Unpack


Some guests like to unpack during their stay, so it’s good to make space for their belongings ahead of time. One of the easiest way to do this is to clear out a drawer for guest use. If you have closet space to spare, you can quickly add usable shelves with a hanging organizer. We also like the idea of offering up extra hooks so your visitors can easily stow everyday items (scarves, coats, purses, and the like).


Bathroom Essentials

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Arrange extra towels and toilet paper in easily-visible bins so your guests won’t have to ask you for replacements. You can also offer a basket filled with toiletry basics for anyone who has forgotten their own (think toothbrushes, cotton balls, and travel-sized necessities).


Clean Sweep

Better Homes & Garden

You want to make your guests feel comfortable, and a clean, clutter-free home is surefire way to do this. If you’re in a pinch for time, it helps to tackle the basics first: wipe visible surfaces, take out the trash, sweep the floors, and tuck away things you don’t need. Get the job done more easily by making sure you’re all stocked up on basic cleaning supplies .


Mind the Details


Feel like going the extra mile? Little touches like candles , incense, and fresh flowers create a relaxing atmosphere with little to no effort.

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